The Conservative Teleprompter Conference

Conservatives nationally and here in Wisconsin are fond of criticizing President Barack Obama for his use (or overuse, as some conservatives say) of a teleprompter, and the folks at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) are no exception.

Here’s a sampling of the jokes being made about President Obama’s use of a teleprompter:

  • David Keene, American Conservative Union: “We have made some bows to modernity. We have the Barack Obama honorary teleprompters.”
  • Marco Rubio, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate (FL): Because of the DC snowstorms, “the president couldn’t find anywhere to set up a teleprompter to announce any new taxes.”
  • Erick Erickson, “Saving freedom through technology. The first step is we took the president’s teleprompter for this event so that he cannot speak for the next few days. Render him as a mute as Rahm Emanuel was when his middle finger got cut off.” (Classy.)
  • Andrew Moylan, National Taxpayers Union: “I’m glad they left the teleprompter up here today. I assure you I will not be using it.”

The irony of conservatives making jokes about President Obama’s use of a teleprompter while themselves using a teleprompter wasn’t lost on National Review Online editor Kathryn Jean Lopez, who Tweeted, “I’ve heard at least three teleprompter jokes already. In front of a teleprompter.”

Lost on the conservatives making cracks about President Obama’s use of a teleprompter (or conveniently ignored) is the fact that Obama does just fine without a teleprompter, case in point being his teleprompter-free appearance in January at the annual policy retreat of House Republicans, an appearance where President Obama more than held his own.


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  1. Well I guess President Obama really is a different kind of Presidency – I mean this is truly breathtaking and revolutionary. Never before have people to seen a foible in the President and cracked jokes about it.

    Well except for… Reagan & jelly beans, and Ford for being clumsy, and Clinton for philandering and Bush Sr. for “read my lips” or not liking broccoli, and Carter for being a peanut farmer, and Kennedy’s funny accent and Bush Jr. for…well just about everything.

    He wait a minute – maybe this sort of thing has happened once or twice before. Or for every President since Washington and his “wooden” teeth.

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